All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up. See this? This... is my broomstick! So our hero's weaponless and about to face a horde of mooks. He looks around for anything that he can use in a pinch. He grabs the only thing available—a mop from the supply closet—and goes to town, using it as one would a Simple Staff. Note that the title need not be taken literally. Anything vaguely cylindrical and tall as the character wielded as an Improvised Weapon falls under this; broomsticks and mop handles are simply the most iconic. Theoretically, this can be Truth in Television. Sub-Trope of Improvised Weapon. Removing the head, or simply attacking with the handle whenever it's a better weapon than the other end of the object, is optional based on the Sliding Scale of Seriousness Versus Silliness.
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- The fight between Setsuna and Asuna at the Tournament Arc of Mahou Sensei Negima! featured Setsuna wielding a push-broom against Asuna's Paper Fan of Doom, due to bladed weapons being verboten. Earlier in the arc, a minor character wielded a traditional broom as a magic weapon; unfortunately, she was up against Kotaro. Also, Setsuna and Asuna were in maid outfits for no adequately explored reason.
- Actually the point was that they weren't as interesting, so Chao ordered them made cute.
- Jennifer in Kyo Kara Maoh uses a broom in place of a fencing foil in the second season.
- In the Cowboy Bebop movie, Spike infiltrates a chemical company disguised as a Janitor (in another homage to Bruce Lee) and has to defend himself with a push-broom when detected by Action Girl Electra.
- Rei starts out with one of these in High School Of The Dead, being trained in combat with a spear. And learns the hard way early on that impaling them with a broom handle doesn't work.
- Ranma from Ranma ½ has used various things as quarter staffs such as a broom or a laundry pole.
- In the movie, Utena uses a broom with the head removed as a sword against Saionji.
- In Kodomo No Jikan, a few unnamed students use them in class before being told to clean up.
- In Maiden Rose, a bunch of Luckenwalde students show up armed with brooms and buckets to haze Taki on his first day. By the time we see any action, it's Taki holding the broom and mopping the floor with his attackers.
- The weapon of choice for Maid Man in Empowered.
- In Kajko I Kokosz, a Polish comic, Kokosz once used a broom as a very effective weapon. However, a Magic Feather was involved so he immediately started losing once it fell apart, even though the handle alone would have been harder.
- Marvel Zombies and Thor. Once this alternate universe god started killing, he couldn't wield his hammer Mjolnir. He made do with a lump of cement on a metal pole.
- Matt Murdock and his sensei Stick would use anything at hand as staff or club, whole or broken.
- In the Jackie Chan Adventures fanfic The Ultimate Evil, Valerie Payne often ends up using a broom as a weapon, like in her first encounter with the Dark Hand Enforcers. When Valmont hears about how his henchmen were defeated by an average woman armed with a broom, he says that to be the final proof that the Enforcers are hopelessly incompetent.
- Later Shendu tells the Enforcers to watch out for brooms, adding with dark humor that if Valerie had been armed with a mop, she might have killed them.
- In The Matrix Reloaded, Neo rips a metal post out of the ground (which is almost a case of Telephone Polearm) to use against the army of Smith clones in the Burly Brawl. The first shot has him using the block of concrete at the end as a hammer, but once that breaks he uses it as a quarterstaff.
- Often performed by Jackie Chan in his movies.
- Eddie Murphy's Coming to America has Prince Akeem (professionally trained from childhood in martial arts) do this with an unscrew-able mop handle to ward off an armed robber played by Samuel L. Jackson.
- Sarah Connor uses a mop handle during her asylum escape attempt in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, until she gets a nightstick to replace it.
- In Machete, Machete uses a mop to fight his way past Booth's goons following the faked assassination attempt on the senator.
- UHF's Stanley Spadowski is a simple man. All he wants to do is clean the floors, dig the prize out of the cereal box, and occasionally host an insanely popular kids variety show. But get between him and his mop, and you are asking for problems.
- A prostitute has a broom handle shoved down her throat in Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!.
- The miner is momentarily fought off with a mop in the My Bloody Valentine 3D.
- A janitor is found with a mop handle impaled through his head in American Psycho 2: All American Girl.
- Nick teaches Kevin all about "hand-to-hand" combat using garden implements in Hobgoblins.
- Used by the hero in a prison brawl in The Raid 2: Berandal
- In one of the Tarma and Kethry short stories, Tarma defends herself against an armed drunk with a broomstick because she wanted to avoid doing permanent damage if possible. Unfortunately, the drunk ends up cracking his head against the fireplace and dying. Fortunately for them, the drunk in question was well known and highly unpopular. Unfortunately for them he also ran the town and was the only one the thugs he used for 'law enforcement' would heed, so his not-so-bereaved widow paid Tarma and Kethry off to lead them out of town.
Live Action TV
- In the Doctor Who episode "The Vampires of Venice", Rory attempts to take on a swordsman armed only with a broom.
- Ryotaro in Kamen Rider Den-O uses a nearby broom on a Monster of the Week when he's fighting for his life. The broom is quickly broken. Despite its short-lived appearance, the so-named "Rider Broom" remained in the fandom's memory throughout the year.
- Played straight countless time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer; any wooden object can become a stake, and Buffy will use it to great effect to slay a vampire, most notably when she massacres a vampire gang in "Into The Woods". Played for Laughs a few times, including when Cordelia picks up a spatula thinking she will use it as a weapon.
- When La Intrusa and Polly Star got together and enlisted the help of a referee to take out Diana La Cazadora during a 2006 LLF show, she ended up using a broom to fight the three of them off.
- During one of TNA's all knockout shows, Jacqueline pulled out a broom on ODB, leading to the crowd singing "Sweep her up Jackie, sweep her up!"
- In Final Fantasy VII, one of Cid's weapons is actually a mop (well, more like a push broom...). Other characters have similar weapons, which are rather powerful but lack materia slots. The best examples being an umbrella for Aeris, and baseball bat with a nail in it for Cloud.
- The Deck Brush is a recurring weapon in the Tales Series, and varies wildly in how effective it is.
- In Tales of Destiny 2, it's a Joke Item to the fullest extent, and will make Loni botch his ultimate Limit Break in an amusing fashion if you try to use it while he has it equipped.
- In Tales of Symphonia, it's a Lethal Joke Item for Raine Sage, being one of her strongest weapons.
- In Tales of Vesperia, it's a Lethal Joke Item for Judith, and also gives her a trio of special sweeping attacks if she's wearing her maid costume.
- Dead Rising, king of the Improvised Weapon trope in video games, includes a broom. After a few hits, the end breaks off and Frank uses it as a spear.
- Variant: In Chrono Trigger, a Mop is Crono's Joke Weapon, but he uses it like a katana.
- The obscure arcade and Nintendo64 fighting game Mace: the Dark Age had a Hidden Character named Ned the Janitor. He was a reskin of Xiao Long and used a pushbroom in place of Xiao's quarterstaff.
- In Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, there is an achievement for killing someone using a broom. It is used the same way as a hammer. Brooms were first weaponisable back in Assassin's Creed II. Taken to absurd levels when you find out that it's possible to slit someone's throat using the broom, with the same sound effects of a regular bladed weapon.
- In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Roll uses a broom as a weapon.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the Xbox. Stuck without a weapon? Look for a broom or a mop (or just kick a chair in half).
- The Soul Calibur series features a broom as Seong Mi-na's unlockable joke weapon.
- The first Dungeon Siege starts with the hero having to do this with a pitchfork until he gets a real weapon from his enemies.
- Lisa from Legend of Mana uses her father's broomstick as her weapon of choice. Partly justified in that she uses it as a staff, which mostly have magic-related specials. That doesn't stop her from cracking skulls with that thing.
- In "Thy Dungeonman II", the titular Dungeonman gets only a mop as a weapon, being a janitor working in a dungeon.
- One of the weapon appearances for the Staff Fighting powerset in City of Heroes is a broom, leading to people making characters with names "Maid Man".
- Lizzie's primary weapon in Dead Winter.
- Subverted in El Goonish Shive: Elliot (a martial artist, mind you) picks up a broom lying on the ground to defend himself... and swings it like a baseball bat.
- Roy considers it an option in This episode of The Order of the Stick.
- The Cardboard Tube Samurai in Penny Arcade - except it's not an Improvised Weapon, it's his Weapon of Choice.
- In Homestuck, the nigh-omnipotent Doc Scratch uses a broom to smack around his "guest", a young girl. Later on, this same broom is used by Andrew Hussie himself to give Doc Scratch a senseless drubbing.
- Nana, resident Cool Old Lady of Sinfest, scares off a couple of demonic bullies with her broom, then goes back to using it to tidy up the coffee shop.
- True to form, used at least once in Jackie Chan Adventures.
- Done in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, when the turtles are held captive on an alien prison asteroid. They find a broom closet and get replacements for all of their weapons from inside.
- One episode of Jimmy Neutron uses this in a fight between Jimmy's mother and a robot duplicate of her: after pulling out the broom, mop, and rake, and having each one snapped in half by the robot, she reveals that she keeps a plasma rifle in her broom closet "for those tough, ground-in stains". (Considering her son's experiments, a wise precaution...)
- In The Boondocks, Huey snaps the head of a broom off with a kick and uses the handle to subdue the theater security, but he doesn't fare as well against Uncle Ruckus's unforeseen nunchaku expertise.
Truth In Television
- It's not unheard-of for martial artists who want to take a few lessons in the bo staff, but don't want to sink a lot of money into their first bo or are unsure if they will plan to continue, to use a broomstick instead of buying a bo. It's basically the same thing, but much cheaper.